Schools

Could your school be more energy efficient?

We work with schools across Oxfordshire on their energy efficiency, including installing solar pv panels to generate their own electricity. If you’re interested in working with us for your school, please contact our Projects Manager.

Become a solar school

Did you know your school roof could be a clean energy power station? We can help you to determine whether your school’s rooftop is suitable for solar panels, and to complete the installation if it is.

A potential site will be:

  • 250 m2 minimum roof size (see video below on how to measure your roof)
  • 50 kW minimum installed capacity
  • Not north-facing
  • Good roof condition
  • Owner-occupied for 10+ year lease
  • Interested in hosting a Low Carbon Hub solar installation
  • Have significant day-time energy use

Check to see if your roof is a suitable size for a Low Carbon Hub solar PV array in our short video:

If your school meets this criteria then we’d love to hear from you. Please contact our Projects Manager. Following a conversation the next steps will be:

Step 1: A rooftop survey

A rooftop survey is the first step to understanding whether solar PVs are right for your school – and realising the potential CO2 and electricity savings they could bring. This is a free service we offer to Oxfordshire schools as part of our commitment to encouraging the uptake of solar PV across the county.

To arrange your free, no obligation, rooftop survey, contact info@lowcarbonhub.org

Step 2: Installing solar pv panels

If your school’s buildings are found to be suitable for solar pv you may choose to install and own your own panels.

Alternatively, you can partner with us to bring community-owned renewable energy to your school at no cost to yourself, with Low Carbon Hub installing and managing the panels. We then sell the electricity generated by the panels to your school at a discount, saving you money on your energy bills. Any surplus is sold to the grid, with revenue paying for the solar installation and maintenance, and for investor returns.

Schools working together to fight climate change – join the Let’s Go Zero campaign

Led by a powerful coalition of sustainability organisations, Let’s Go Zero is uniting and supporting UK schools working to become zero carbon by 2030.

In October 2020, charities including AshdenGlobal Action Plan and the Fairtrade Foundation teamed up to launch a new initiative helping UK schools transition to net-zero. The ‘Let’s Go Zero’ initiative provides schools that have not yet set net-zero targets with the inspiration, motivation, and practical support they need. Schools that already have net-zero objectives are encouraged to share best-practice advice, develop roadmaps for delivery, and promote climate-related activities to staff, students, and families.

From car-free school runs and plant-based canteens, schools across the country are already inspiring entire communities to think and act differently – but many feel like they are doing so alone and with stretched resources. Let’s Go Zero provides a powerful route for schools to drive impact-led action and unite behind a call for much-needed funding to help all schools to become cleaner, healthier and sustainable learning environments.

Sonja Graham, co-chief executive at Global Action Plan
  • Solar panels on the rooftop of Brookside Primary School, owned and managed by Low Carbon Hub
    Project

    Brookside Primary School

    Brookside Primary School in Bicester is meeting almost 30% of their electricity needs from 147 solar panels installed on their roof in partnership with Low Carbon Hub. They were our 29th solar school installation, joining 28 other schools across the county who are benefitting from cheaper energy bills as they receive discounted green electricity produced…